Magic of Number 108 explained for non-Cubbies

The Cubs and the Magic of 108

By Meryl Ann Butler

108 was a magic number even before the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series, ending the “longest championship drought in North American professional sports.” The win came 108 years after their last pennant win in 1908. The Cubs’ 2016 win came in the 10th inning with 8 runs. Was it coincidence or destiny?


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108 was a magic number even before the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series, ending the “longest championship drought in North American professional sports.”

The win–in the 10th inning with 8 runs–came 108 years after their last pennant win in 1908.

The Cubs
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The last time the Cubs won a World Series game was in 1945, on 10/8.

There are 108 doublestitches on a baseball.

In mathematics, 108 is related to the Golden Mean as well as the Fibbonacci sequence, which expresses in mathematical terms the spiral pattern that is evident in nature.

When the Fibonacci sequence is reduced by decimal parity, then its primary sequence, equals 108. (For example: decimal parity reduction of 12 would be 3 [1+2=3], decimal parity reduction of the number 36 would be 9 [3+6=9].

Regular pentagon with annotation by La'szló Ne'meth
Regular pentagon with annotation by La’szló Ne’meth
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The inner angle in a regular pentagon is 108 degrees. Home plate is, of course, a pentagon, although not a regular one.

108 is a Harshad number, which is an integer divisible by the sum of its digits. Harshad is from Sanskrit, and means “great joy,” which certainly pervaded Wrigley Field on the night of the Cub’s historic win.

108 is a sacred number in the Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist spiritual traditions, and the land that Wrigley Field stands on used to be the site of a church and a seminary.

Wrigley Field Sign
Wrigley Field Sign
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So maybe it really is all about the Church of Baseball, as Susan Sarandon’s character notes in Bull Durham.

On Sept. 22, 2016, Michael Sneed wrote in the Chicago News, “108 could be the Cubs’ magic number this year,” noting that the baseball was “designed by the Cubs first manager and ace pitcher A.G. Spalding, whose Chicago office was originally located at 108 W. Madison Street” and continues:

* The left and right field corners at Wrigley Field — are 108 meters from home plate.

* The Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs, has located their main business — TD Ameritrade — on 108th street in Omaha, Nebraska.

* The number 108 is a sacred number in yoga. and Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta does yoga 6 days a week.

* Cubs win the World Series in the 1990 J.J. Abrams film “Taking Care of Business,” which is 108 minutes long.

* Cubs win the World Series in the 1989 film “Back To The Future Part II,” which is 108 minutes long.

The Cubs won the World Series on Nov. 2, All Soul’s Day. From November 2 to Christmas (December 25) “there are 54 days and 54 nights, that is to say 54 positive units and 54 negative units: 54 + 54 = 108,” symbolically depicting “the progress of darkness to the light.”

A Baseball Fan All Year Long
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Is it coincidence? Destiny? Either way, the Cubs have certainly emerged into the light at the end of their tunnel, and the holidays are looking like an especially celebratory season for them, and for Chicago.

108 in Science:

The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.

The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.

The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.

The radius of the Moon is 1,080 miles.

Mythologically, silver is associated with the moon. The atomic weight of silver is 108.

The first manned space flight lasted 108 minutes. on April 12, 1961 completed by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut.

OEN contributor Ethan Indigo Smith has written a number of articles about the metaphysical significance of the number 108 which can be found on his author’s page.

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Submitters Bio:

Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, 2013. In June, 2015, the combined views on her articles, diaries and quick link contributions topped one million. She was particularly happy that her article about Bree Newsome removing the Confederate flag was the one that put her past the million mark. Her art in a wide variety of media can be seen on her YouTube video, “Visionary Artist Meryl Ann Butler on Creativity and Joy” at A NYC native, her response to 9-11 was to pen an invitation to healing through creativity, entitled, “90-Minute Quilts: 15+ Projects You Can Stitch in an Afternoon” (Krause 2006), which is a bestseller in the craft field. The sequel, MORE 90-Minute Quilts: 20+ Quick and Easy Projects With Triangles and Squares was released in April, 2011. Her popular video, How to Stitch a Quilt in 90 Minutes with Meryl Ann Butler can be seen at She has been active in a number of international, arts-related projects as a citizen diplomat, and was arts advisor to Baltimore’s CIUSSR (Center for Improving US-Soviet Relations), 1987-89. She made two trips to the former USSR in 1987 and 1988 to speak to artists, craftpeople and fashion designers on the topic of utilizing the arts as a tool for global wellbeing. She created the historical “First US-Soviet Children’s Peace Quilt Exchange Project” in 1987-88, which was the first time a reciprocal quilt was given to the US from the former USSR. Her artwork is in collections across the globe. Meryl Ann is a founding member of The Labyrinth Society and has been building labyrinths since 1992. She publishes an annual article about the topic on OpEdNews on World Labyrinth Day, the first Saturday in May. “Creativity and Healing: The Work of Meryl Ann Butler” by Burl Hall is at–T-by-Burl-Hall-130414-18.html Burl and Merry Hall interviewed Meryl Ann on their BlogTalk radio show, “Envision This,” at Archived articles Older archived articles, from before May 2005 are here.


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